WIlliam Hill
The Scottish Football Association



Friday, 05 September 2008

The Scottish FA today adopted the Tartan Army Childrens' Charity (TACC) as one of their nominated charities for the coming season - and immediately donated £2,500 to their South African Orphans appeal.

The TACC were founded by members of the Tartan Army so that they could support projects in countries that they were visiting to watch Scotland play. Since their formation in 2006 (as Tartan Kiev) the TACC have supported , amongst others, an orphanage in Kiev, an infant hospital in Tiblisi and this week will be donating substantial funds to a children’s day care centre in Skopje. They also work with the Aberlour Trust here in Scotland to support disadvantaged Scottish children.

The latest TACC campaign aims to raise £50,000 to support children left orphaned by AIDS in South Africa. The Scotland team and all the staff at the Scottish FA will be working with the TACC to help them reach their target by the end of the qualifying campaign.

Rob Shorthouse from the Scottish FA said: "The Tartan Army Childrens' Charity have been wonderful ambassadors for Scotland across the world. The work that they have done in Ukraine, Georgia and now Macedonia has made a huge impact to the lives of disadvantaged children in those countries. We are all delighted that the TACC are now one of our supported charities. George and the boys will be doing everything they can to get us to South Africa in 2010. The TACC campaign to help out children whose lives have been devastated by AIDS in that country is one that will mean that Scotland can leave a legacy in South Africa before, during and after the tournament. It is a campaign that I hope everyone gets behind."

Carey McEvoy from the TACC said: "We are absolutely thrilled that the Scottish FA have adopted the charity and will be supporting our South African campaign. As Scotland fans we get to travel the world following our team. Having this charity in place has allowed us to come together to help out some of the more disadvantaged children in many of the countries that we visit."

"We all want to be in South Africa in 2010 for the World Cup. Whether we make it or not, we are determined to make sure that Scotland and the Scotland fans are there in some way. That is why we have launched this campaign. That is why we want your support."

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